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out of a state worse than nothing to the hope of thy glory ;-we bless thy name, that thou hast conducted us safely through all the events and trials in our lives, to enjoy the privileges of this day; and that we have yet a day of grace wherein to see the things belonging to our peace. We bless thee that, consulting the good of our souls, as well as the glory of thy name, thou hast set apart this day for holy uses, to engage us to a solemn attendance upon the Lord. We bless thee that thou hast given us an understanding to know thee, and a heart to love thee; that we are capable of waiting upon thee in the duties of thy worship here, and of enjoying thy eternal glory and felicity hereafter. We bless thee for all opportunities and advantages which we have in working out our salvation; for thy word and sacraments; for the ministry of reconciliation; and for all other means of grace, and helps heaven-ward. But, above all, we bless Thee, we praise Thee, we worship Thee, for the gift of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Lord, look down from heaven, the habitation of thy holiness, and behold with pity the remnant of thy heritage, who are yet upon our warfare and pilgrimage in this evil world. We are beset with many and mighty enemies of our souls, and groaning for deliverance from the bondage of corruption, that we may be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God. How much higher might we have been in grace, and thy fitvor; how much
nearer to thee our God, and fitter for thy kingdom, had we faithfully improved those seasons and means of grace, which thou hast been pleased to afford us.
But we have been cruel to our own souls, as well as rebellious against our Lord; many times frustrating the opportunities of appearing before thee; and shunning and neglecting the duties of thy holy service. And when we have consented to seek thy face, it has been with such coldness and distractions, that thou mightest justly reject our homage, and withhold the graces without which we must perish. O leave us not to the dulness and hardness, the vanity and deceitfulness of our depraved hearts: but show the power of thy grace, to bring and keep them in such a holy frame, that we may be fitter to attend upon thee, and may enjoy more of that heavenly communion, of which thou hast made us capable. O forgive our iniquities that separate between thee and our souls; and remember not the sins against us, which may justly provoke thee to hide thy face from us. But according to thy mercy, remember thou us, O Lord, and accept us, and our imperfect services, for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Oh God, who searchest the heart, let us not serve thee of constraint, as if it were an irksome task; nor in formality and bypocrisy, to be esteemed righteous before men. Suffer us not to rest in any forms of godliness, denying the power thereof; nor take up with the name and profession of Chris
tianity, but be swayed with its life, and power, and spirit: that the Gospel of our Lord, and the graces of the good Spirit of God, may shine forth in our lives, to the glory of our heavenly Father, and to the adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. May we occupy ourselves in exercises suited to the holy season, and not profane it to any vicious or vain purpose. But on the Lord's day, may we abound in the work of the Lord; and not do our own work, nor find our own pleasure, nor speak our own words; resting not only from all sinful ways, but also from our common labors; and so delighting ourselves in the Lord, that thou mayest give us the desires of our hearts.
[Here may be used a Collect for any Festival, or particular occasion, of A public or domestic nature.
Bless us, our Father, and command a blessing upon all our pious designs and performances; and prosper the work of thy servants whom thou hast appointed to bless in thy name, and to break the bread of life; that they may speak thy word as they ought to speak, and give to every one his portion in due season.
And grant, Lord, unto all the hearers of thy holy word, humble and teachable spirits, to receive thy truth in meekness, and in the love of it, so as to profit and grow by it. O do thou remove all the hindrances of our spiritual growth and improvement, that thy word may bave free course, and be glorified among us.
the power of God, to our conviction, edification, and comfort. O thou, that speakest to the heart and givest the increase, open our understandings to receive thy truth, both in the light, and in the love of it. May we so make it the rule of our life, that it may also be the ground of our hope, that we may have joy and peace in believing; we being not forgetful hearers, but faithful doers of thy word.
And let thy grace and blessing, thy love and fellowship, thy direction and assistance, O heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us, and with all for whom we ought to beg thy mercy in our prayers, now and for evermore. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
John v. 39.—Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Rom. ix. 5.—Christ who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Rev. i. 8.—I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev. xxi. 6.-I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
1 Tim. in. 16.–And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Isaiah ix. 6.-Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Matt. i. 23.—And they shall call his name Emmanuel; which being interpreted, is, God with us.
Titus i. 3.-According to the commandment of God our Saviour.-(Acts xx. 23.) Feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Col. i. 16.—By him (Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him.
Heb. ill. 4.-For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
John i. 1.-The Word was God.
Col. ii. 9.–For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Heb. xiii. 8.-Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.
O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy, and to forgive, receive our humble petitions. Our sins are all naked and open unto thee; the sins of which our own hearts condemn us; and the sins which we may have forgotten, but which thou, who art greater than our hearts, and knowest all things, seest that we have committed against thee. We cannot deny or justify our transgressions, they are so many and so great; and we tremble through fear of them, and are afraid to lift up our eyes to